Beginning postmodernism

Second edition

By Tim Woods

Beginning postmodernism

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7996-2
  • Pages: 352
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £11.99
  • Published Date: April 2010
  • BIC Category: LITERARY CRITICISM / Reference, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: from c 1900 -, Literature, Renaissance style, Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary reference works, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
  • Series: Beginnings


'Postmodernism' became the buzzword of contemporary society in the 1990s. Yet, even now, it still remains confusing and baffling in its variety of definitions, contexts and associations.

Beginning postmodernism aims to offer clear, accessible and step-by-step introductions to postmodernism across a wide range of subjects. It encourages readers to explore how the debates about postmodernism have emerged from basic philosophical and cultural ideas, and to develop comparative connections and ideas from one area to another.

With its emphasis firmly on 'postmodernism in practice', the book contains questions designed to help readers understand and reflect upon a variety of positions within the following areas of contemporary culture: philosophy and cultural theory; architecture and concepts of space; visual art, sculpture and material culture; pupular culture and music; film, video and television; and the social sciences


1. Introduction
2. Postmodernism: Philosophy and Cultural Theory
3. Postmodernism and the Literary Arts
4. Postmodern Architecture and Concepts of Space
5. Postmodernism in Visual Art, Sculpture and the Design Arts
6. Postmodernism, Popular Culture and Music
7. Postmodernism, Film, Video and Television Culture
8. Postmodernism and the Social Sciences
9. Conclusion: Whither Postmodernism?
10. Select bibliography


Tim Woods is Professor of English Literature and American Studies, and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Aberystwyth University

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